THERE ARE many Goans, once the younger generation but today the older generation, who will remember with pride the Goan Estate in Pangani, Kenya. The estate, if I am right, was the initiative of the Kenya Goan Association. Like everything else Goan, the estate was cause for celebration but had its detractors. I think it was originally going to be called the Dr Ribeiro Goan Estate. It never happened.
From another friend: The Goan Estate only became a reality solely because of the determined lobbying efforts of Dr A C L desousa. Dr Ribeiro had absolutely no part in the venture. It was Dr desousa's brainchild. He lobbied Dr Gregory, the Mayor of Nairobi in 1955, to secure the land, secure funding, etc, and created the Goan Estate consisting of 26 semi-detached homes a reality.
An official opening ceremony was held the centre oval. Dr Gregory was the guest of honour and the
I thought the Goans who lived in the estate were a pretty happy lot. They belonged to the Nairobi Goan Institute, the Railway Goan Institute or the Nairobi Goan Gymkhana. They worshiped at either the St Teresa's church in Eastleigh ( a 10 or 15 minute walk) or the St Francis Xavier's Church at the start of Forest Road and a stone's throw from perhaps the best Goan initiative, the Dr Ribeiro Goan School.
One way or another there was plenty to be cheerful and celebrate about this group of Goans who lived a few steps away from another group: the Goans who lived in the Nairobi City Council flats which have since been raised recently and in their place more than 1000 flats are being built.
As time continue to march on, so does the memory of the Goans who gave so much the building of modern Kenya.
I am indebted to Tony Reg D'Souza, Eva Fonseca, Antonio Desousa, Filandro (?) and a few other people who have helped to remember the Goans who lived in the estate. I am sure there will be one or two or three names mist from the list below and I will update them as I soon as I am advised.
Today, there are still a couple of Goan families still living in the estate. We are not done yet!
The Goan Estate had at its heart a rectangle (some said it was a triangle) and all the houses faced this green playground. Twenty-six families purchased homes here, two to each block.
To their right, in the next block, were Mr. & Mrs. Francis D'Cruz, Valerie, Clive and Cedric and on their right was Mrs. Rosendo and her 2 daughters (her husband died a few years after they moved in.
To their right, I think it was Mario and Wavell and family on the left side and on their right were Mr. & Mrs. Remedios, Joyce, Jean, Marian, Joseph and Morris.
To the right of the Remedios home and the last one on this line were Belinda and her family and I do not remember who their neighbor was.
Now to the next line on the left-hand side of the estate were Mr. & Mrs. John Nazareth, Olga, Paul, Ophelia, Sonny and Olivia and to their left were Mr. & Mrs. Monteiro and their daughter.
To the Monteiro's left were the Abreu family and in their block were Mr. & Mrs. J C J Dias, Ivera & Ino. Mr Dias was a school committee member.
In the next block were Mr. & Mrs. Costa Correia and family and Marilia Pegado and family.
Next to the Pegado's were Mr. & Mrs. Fernandes, Armando, Renato and Vera and next door were the Martrys family.
There were two families next to the Martrys' home in the last block on this side (sorry can’t remember the names).
On to the third line, were Mr. & Mrs. Tavares (headmaster/teacher at Dr Ribeiro Goan School) and family, their next-door neighbors were Manny Rodrigues and family.
In the next block were the D'Mello family, and their next-door neighbor was Mr. & Mrs. Anthony D'Souza and family (teacher at DRGS).
To their left in the next block were Mr. & Mrs. J F D'Souza, Victor, Henry and next door, were Mr. & Mrs. Borges with their 2 daughters.
In the last block on this side were the Quadros family and next door were Mr. & Mrs. Felix Noronha, Sonya, June and Fernanda.
The photographs below have been provided by Eva's friend Baldip Khan, a classmate from Dr Ribeiros. She still live in Kenya.